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There have been approximately 19,000 euthanasia deaths in Canada

by | Oct 20, 2020

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition

Editor’s note. This is excerpted from a post that appeared today. Reposted with permission.

I estimate that there have been approximately 19,000 deaths by euthanasia and assisted suicide [Medical Assistance in Death—MAID] in Canada since legalization. Here is how I come to that number.

The Ontario Office of the Chief Coroner recently released new MAID data.

The number of assisted deaths in Ontario continues to increase.  From June 17, 2016 to September 30, 2020, there  were a total of  6,059 reported assisted deaths.  

Breaking down the 1,741 assisted deaths reported for 2020 thus far, 1,127 took place in the first six months  and 614 in the past three months. Ontario now averages more than 200 assisted deaths per month.      

In  just Ontario, there were1,789 reported assisted deaths for the year 2019, 1, 499 in 2018, 841 in 2017, and 189 in 2016. 

Of the 1,789 reported assisted deaths in Quebec for 2019, there were  774 that took place in the first half of the year and 1,015 in the second half of 2019.


In July, 2020, Health Canada released the first annual report on (MAiD) euthanasia and assisted suicide. The data was gathered from the reports submitted by the medical practitioners who caused the death. There is no requirement that a third party or neutral person submit the euthanasia reports to ensure accuracy.

[For more information, see the  Analysis of Canada’s 2019 MAiD annual report.]

According to “First Annual Report on Medical Assistance in Dying in Canada, 2019”:

• In 2019, there were 5,631 MAID deaths reported in all of Canada, up from 4467 in 2018. This accounted for 2.0% of all deaths.

• The number of cases of MAID in 2019 represented an increase of 26.1% over 2018. Every province experienced a steady growth in the number of cases of MAID since its introduction into law in 2016.

• When all data sources are considered, the total of number of medically assisted deaths reported in Canada from legalization until December 31, 2019 was 13,946.

Based on the fact that the Health Canada report indicated that there were 5,631 reported MAID deaths in 2019. It is reasonable to estimate that there have been approximately 19,000 assisted deaths in Canada since legalization.

Editor’s note. This appeared on Mr. Schadenberg’s blog and is reposted with permission.

Categories: Canada